by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
I have followed InfoWars for quite awhile now and I agree with their efforts to present news the mainstream media ignores or misinterprets. I have noted the efforts of “Big Tech” to suppress and censor them and I totally disagree with that. They are a legitimate news forum that needs to be heard whether Leftist politicians agree with them or not. In fact they need to be heard because Leftist politicians and other assorted liars disagree with them.
Having said that, what I am going to deal with now is meant as constructive criticism and not as a put-down.
I read Jon Bowne’s article about reparations for slavery on their site on June 22nd and, in principle, I agree with his position. What I don’t agree with is his interpretation of history. Mr. Bowne noted that his ancestors were New York abolitionists and so he feels he should not have to pay reparations for slavery. He won’t get any argument from me on that–but he should have stopped there.
He went on to state that 360,000 Union soldiers fought a war to emancipate the slaves. Of course, if that were actually true then, supposedly, all those who fought for the Confederacy were fighting to keep the slaves in bondage–particularly if they were Democrats. Actually, neither premise is true. I am not accusing Mr. Bowne of intentional falsehood here. I am saying that the history he has picked up and accepted is very faulty.
Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation” notwithstanding, most Union soldiers did not fight to free the slaves. Most of them didn’t care about slavery one way or the other. Most of them fought to preserve the Union, which was what Lincoln had initially said the war was all about. Only in late 1862, when the North was losing the war, did Lincoln begin casting around for another reason for his invasion of the South, and in so doing, he landed squarely on the “emancipation” bubble, and, as that seemed to work for him, he ran with it.
It didn’t work for many Union soldiers, however, and there were many desertions in the Union Army when it was discovered that the reason for the war was undergoing some revisions. In fact, if you stop and think about it, the idea that the North fought to free the slaves is downright ludicrous. If such had been the case, then why didn’t the Lincoln administration first free the slaves in Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, and Missouri? All those states, though Southern in character, remained in the Union! They would have been the logical place for the Union to have begun the process of emancipation–if that’s what it had really been all about.
So Lincoln, if he was serious about emancipation, should have issued a proclamation that would have emancipated Northern slaves first. Instead he issued one that freed Southern slaves in territory he had no authority over and that left Northern slaves in bondage. Seems like kind of a backwards way of doing it, but then, the federal government is noted for doing things backwards so I guess we should expect as much.
Mr. Bowne needs to do a bit of homework as to what the War Between the States was really all about and a Northern war to free the slaves just doesn’t cut the historical mustard no matter how sharp your knife might be in other areas.
Mr. Bowne will probably never read what I write here, but, if by some wild chance he does see it, I would like to suggest a little reading he could do on the subject of the Northern “crusade” to free the slaves. I will list three books here he should be able to locate.
They are: Slavery Was Not The Cause Of The War Between The States by Gene Kizer Jr. Published by Charleston Athenaeum Press, Charleston, South Carolina in 2014. Myths Of American Slavery by Walter D. Kennedy. Published by Pelican Publishing in Gretna, Louisiana. Slavery And The Civil War by Garry Bowers, M. Ed. Published by Shotwell Publishing in Columbia, South Carolina in 2019.
These books should give Mr. Bowne, or anyone else who may read them, the truth about what the War Between the States was really all about. Subtle hint–it wasn’t slavery!